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  • Understanding Global Change

    Understanding Global Change

    Click & Learn

    This interactive tool allows students and educators to build models that explain how the Earth system works and how it is affected by human activities and nonhuman phenomena.

  • Mapping the Darién Gap

    Mapping the Darién Gap

    Scientists at Work

    (10 min 35 sec) Indigenous communities from the tropical rainforest of Darién, Panama use drones to map their land to protect it from outside threats and to make sustainable land use plans. Also available in Spanish.

  • Can a Fungus Save Plants from Global Warming?

    Can a Fungus Save Plants from Global Warming?

    Feature Films

    (8 min 2 sec) It’s about time we put plants into the spotlight and focus on one of their most critical microbial partners: Fungi.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Humerus

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Humerus

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pelvis

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pelvis

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pectoral Fin

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Pectoral Fin

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil –  Body

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Body

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • 3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil –  Skull

    3D Scan of Tiktaalik Fossil – Skull

    3D Models

    3D-scans of fossil bones of Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and tetrapods.

  • Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Modeling Food Webs in Darién, Panama

    Activities

    Students use cards to build model food webs and evaluate how ecological disturbances affect each trophic level. Also available in Spanish.

  • Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Vertebrate Declines and the Sixth Mass Extinction

    Data Points

    In this study, researchers measured species population declines on a global scale that may contribute to the sixth mass extinction.

  • BiomeViewer

    BiomeViewer

    Click & Learn

    An interactive to explore biomes, climate, biodiversity, and human impacts across the globe.

  • EarthViewer

    EarthViewer

    Click & Learn

    Download the accompanying student worksheet under "Downloads." What did Earth look like 250 million years ago? Or 1 billion years ago? Or 4.5 billion years ago? EarthViewer is an interactive tool that allows you to explore the science of Earth's deep history.

  • Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Microbial Community Response to an Oil Spill

    Data Points

    Researchers monitored the succession of the microbial community in the Gulf of Mexico using data from before, during, and after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

  • Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation

    Seed Dispersal and Habitat Fragmentation

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 3 sec) Watch researchers follow brown spider monkeys in a tropical forest of Colombia to determine which plant seeds they are dispersing. Seed dispersers are critical to the forest’s ability to grow and regenerate. 

  • Ecology, Food Webs, and the Chesapeake Bay

    Ecology, Food Webs, and the Chesapeake Bay

    Science Talks

    (49 min 3 sec) A discussion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, its complex food web, and the challenges of conserving and restoring the bay.

  • Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Snail Fronts and Salt Marsh Die-Offs

    Data Points

    Researchers studied whether periwinkle snail fronts expand mudflats and contribute to salt marsh die-offs.

  • Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Tracking Global Changes in Forest Cover

    Data Points

    Researchers used satellite imagery analyze the amount of forest that was lost annually across the globe between 2000 and 2012.

  • Middle School Life Science

    Middle School Life Science

    Collection

    A small selection of our multimedia resources that will enhance your teaching of middle school life and earth science classes. They include engaging, high-quality animation, hands-on activities,...

  • Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Mass Extinctions: Lessons from the Past

    Apps and eBooks

    Examine the history and causes of past mass extinctions, and the evidence for whether we are facing a sixth mass extinction, with this interactive eBook.

  • Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Dead Zones in Coastal Ecosystems

    Data Points

    Researchers overlaid the locations of more than 400 hypoxic systems linked to eutrophication on a map of the global “human footprint.”

  • Ocean Acidification

    Ocean Acidification

    Activities

    In this hands-on activity, students simulate the effects of decreasing pH caused by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

  • Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Life: The Living Fossil Fish

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 18 sec) This animated short film tells the engaging tale of the discovery of the coelacanth.

  • Animated Life

    Animated Life

    Collection

    These five short films, produced in conjunction with The New York Times, bring to life five historical scientific discoveries and the people behind them: Alfred Russel Wallace and his contribution to...

  • Mass Extinctions Interactive

    Mass Extinctions Interactive

    Click & Learn

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    Data Points

    Charles David Keeling began measuring atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in 1958 at the Mauna Loa observatory on the big island of Hawaii.  This graph shows atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration in parts per million (ppm) by volume from 1958 to 2016. Worksheet also available in Spanish.

  • Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Resistance to Coral Bleaching

    Data Points

    To test whether corals can become more resistant to bleaching, Dr. Steve Palumbi and colleagues performed a series of experiments in the U.S. National Park of American Samoa off of Ofu Island.

  • Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Lesson 5 - Tracking Lion Communities

    Activities

    For this lesson, students will watch the video “Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park” and complete a worksheet.

  • Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Gorongosa's Water Cycle

    Animations

    (2 min 15 sec) This animation illustrates the main stages of the water cycle in the setting of Gorongosa National Park.

  • Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Africa's Savanna Ecosystems

    Science Talks

    (24 min 56 sec) Savannas cover 20 percent of Earth’s surface and much of Africa. The patterns and processes that occur in this globally important biome illustrate core concepts in ecology.

  • Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Modeling Ecosystem Effects of Termite Mound Patterns

    Data Points

    Dr. Corina Tarnita and colleagues studied how a pattern of termite mounds across a dryland ecosystem enhances resilience against desertification.

  • Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink

    Feature Films

    Five times in Earth’s past, the vast majority of plant and animal species have been annihilated in a geologic instant. What triggered these dramatic events, and what might they tell us about the fate of our world?

  • Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Surveying Gorongosa's Biodiversity

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 24 sec) Biologists Piotr Naskrecki and Jennifer Guyton identify and record the diversity of species in Gorongosa National Park’s Cheringoma Plateau.

  • Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

    Tracking Lion Recovery in Gorongosa National Park

    Scientists at Work

    (8 min 58 sec) See how scientists in Gorongosa National Park are using GPS satellite collars and motion-sensitive cameras to gather data about the recovery of the park’s lion population.

  • Earth and Environment

    Earth and Environment

    Collection

    Earth is a dynamic planet that has guided—and been affected by—the evolution of life. These resources highlight the deep connections between life and environment.

  • Gorongosa National Park

    Gorongosa National Park

    Collection

    Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique was once a thriving national park, until a civil war decimated the park’s large animal populations and halted tourism. A new long-term restoration project is...

  • Coral Bleaching Activity

    Coral Bleaching Activity

    Activities

    This is a classroom activity in which students use authentic data to assess the threat of coral bleaching around the world. It supports the 2014 Holiday Lectures on Science video featuring Dr. Stephen Palumbi.

  • Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Mesozoic Film with Quiz

    Interactive Videos

    (33 min 43 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the asteroid that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs.

  • Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 1 sec) Field research on coral bleaching suggests possibilities for saving threatened reefs.

  • Animated Life: Pangea

    Animated Life: Pangea

    Animated Shorts

    (7 min 36 sec) The story of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the idea that continents once formed a single landmass and had drifted apart. Also available in Spanish.

  • Saving Biodiversity Discussion

    Saving Biodiversity Discussion

    Science Talks

    (57 min 28 sec) A sixty-minute discussion on biodiversity.

  • Dodging Extinction

    Dodging Extinction

    Science Talks

    (31 min 12 sec) What steps can be taken to avoid the sixth mass extinction?

  • Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Ocean Species Respond to Climate Change

    Science Talks

    (29 min 39 sec) Coral reefs, how they are threatened by climate change, and how to protect them.

  • Extreme Life of the Sea

    Extreme Life of the Sea

    Science Talks

    (29 min 27 sec) The threat to biodiversity in the ocean differs from the threats on the land.

  • Rescuing Species

    Rescuing Species

    Science Talks

    (29 min 1 sec) How to preserve genetic diversity that is threatened by habitat loss.

  • Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Humans, Biodiversity, and Habitat Loss

    Science Talks

    (33 min 4 sec) Human activities and their effects on biodiversity in the past, present, and future.

  • Learning from Past Extinctions

    Learning from Past Extinctions

    Science Talks

    (29 min 6 sec) There is still time to avoid a sixth mass extinction.

  • The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment

    Click & Learn

    Explore key human impacts on the environment and how they have affected Earth’s landscape, ocean, atmosphere, and biodiversity with this engaging interactive. 

  • The Making of Mass Extinctions

    The Making of Mass Extinctions

    Posters

    Discover the environmental factors that caused the five big mass extinctions in Earth’s history and which species they impacted.

  • Extinctions

    Extinctions

    Collection

    BioInteractive provides free classroom resources on subjects ranging from evolution to human health to the workings of the biosphere. We are pleased to offer educators materials to help you use...

  • Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Anthony Barnosky and Kaitlin Maguire Measure Mammal Extinctions at the John Day Fossil Beds

    Scientists at Work

    (9 min 15 sec) Prehistoric extinction rates are calculated from fossil data in a paleodatabase and compared to today’s extinction rate.

  • Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Liz Hadly Tracks the Impact of Climate Change in Yellowstone

    Scientists at Work

    (7 min 28 sec) Ecosystems in the world-famous national park are threatened by warming temperatures.

  • Coral Bleaching

    Coral Bleaching

    Animations

    (3 min 48 sec) Zoom into a coral reef and discover photosynthetic algae inside the coral’s cells. Reef-building corals rely on these symbionts for their survival.

  • The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    The Anthropocene—Human Impact on the Environment

    Posters

    The poster supporting the 2014 Holiday Lectures, Biodiversity in the Age of Humans, illustrates many ways that humans are affecting the earth.

  • Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

    Science Talks

    Are we witnessing a sixth mass extinction? What factors threaten ecosystems on land and in the sea? What are researchers doing to try to conserve biodiversity and ecosystems?

  • Gorongosa: Restoring Mozambique’s National Treasure

    Gorongosa: Restoring Mozambique’s National Treasure

    Readings

    This article by Gorongosa National Project staff explains the project’s history, mission, and future goals.

  • The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

    Short Films

    (34 min 22 sec) Set against the restoration of war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, The Guide tells the story of a young man from the local community who discovers a passion for science after meeting world-renowned biologist E.O. Wilson.  Also available in Spanish.

  • Great Transitions Interactive

    Great Transitions Interactive

    Click & Learn

    The fossils of transitional creatures were key evidence for Darwin’s evolutionary theory, but none had been found when he published On the Origin of Species. Now, there are many examples of such fossils, which clearly show that big evolutionary leaps consist of many smaller steps.

  • Discovering the Wallace Line

    Discovering the Wallace Line

    Activities

    This activity supports the HHMI short film The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory. Students are presented with a map of the Malay Archipelago and some field notebooks with observations of animals. By plotting which animals are found on which island, the students discover the Wallace Line—a sharp boundary that separates distinct Asian and Australian fauna. 

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guides: The Origin of Tetrapods

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods, which tells the story of the discovery of Tiktaalik, a creature with features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.

  • EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    EarthViewer Climate Guide Activity

    Activities

    This student worksheet highlights climate concepts in the EarthViewer app.

  • Earth Systems Activity

    Earth Systems Activity

    Activities

    This activity guides students through building a conceptual model of how carbon dioxide affects Earth's climate

  • Finding the Crater

    Finding the Crater

    Activities

    This hands-on activity requires students to “visit” different K-T boundary sites.

  • Geological History of Oxygen

    Geological History of Oxygen

    Click & Learn

    Explore the changes in oxygen levels throughout Earth’s history and discover their impact on life.

  • Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Paleoclimate: A History of Change

    Click & Learn

    Earth's climate is a complex system controlled by many factors. This Click and Learn will examine the two most important factors: solar radiation and the composition of Earth's atmosphere. Worksheet available in Spanish.

  • Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Classroom Activities: What is My Carbon Footprint?

    Activities

    To accompany the lecture series Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. Using an online calculator, you will estimate your household’s carbon footprint and explore various actions to reduce it. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Day the Mesozoic Died

    The Day the Mesozoic Died

    Short Films

    (33 min 43 sec) The disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period posed one of the greatest, long-standing scientific mysteries. This three-act film tells the story of the extraordinary detective work that solved it. Also available in Spanish.

  • Plate Tectonics

    Plate Tectonics

    Animations

    (1 min 16 sec) Plate tectonics is the unifying theory of Earth science.

  • EarthViewer Data Files

    EarthViewer Data Files

    Activities

    Summaries and links to the data files used to create the charts in EarthViewer, including the APK file to manually install the app.

  • Deep History of Life on Earth

    Deep History of Life on Earth

    Click & Learn

    The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years. Deep time and Earth history are keys to understanding the present.

  • The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    The Geologic Carbon Cycle

    Animations

    (6 min 20 sec) CO2 emitted by volcanoes into the atmosphere is removed by a series of chemical reactions related to rock weathering.

  • Greenhouse Effect

    Greenhouse Effect

    Animations

    (2 min 14 sec) Sunlight that warms Earth is re-emitted as infrared radiation, which is absorbed by greenhouse gases and causes further warming.

  • How To Find a Dinosaur

    How To Find a Dinosaur

    Scientists at Work

    (4 min 5 sec) Dr. Lyson describes dinosaur digs as well as his focus on prehistoric turtle fossils.

  • The Principle of Isostasy

    The Principle of Isostasy

    Clips

    (2 min 39 sec) Continents rose in elevation after ice sheets from the last ice age retreated. This suggested that the underlying mantle is pliable.

  • Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Weighing the Evidence for a Mass Extinction—On Land

    Activities

    A lesson in which students analyze graphs and data on pollen grains and fern spores to form a picture of the living landscape before and after the K-T mass extinction.

  • Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Activities

    A lesson in which students calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer.

  • Earth Evolution—The Intersection of Geology and Biology

    Earth Evolution—The Intersection of Geology and Biology

    Posters

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It illustrates how the Earth has evolved over the past 4.6 billion years, and highlights how that evolution influences biological evolution.

  • Poster: Winogradsky Column—Microbial Evolution in a Bottle

    Poster: Winogradsky Column—Microbial Evolution in a Bottle

    Posters

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It shows the different organisms and metabolic diversity that results in a miniature model called a Winogradsky column.

  • Foraminifera—Earth's Microscopic Recordkeepers

    Foraminifera—Earth's Microscopic Recordkeepers

    Posters

    A poster from the 2012 Holiday Lectures on Science, Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future. It details the importance of foraminifera, known as "forams" for short, in discovering significant changes in Earth's past. 

  • Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Classroom Activities: EarthViewer

    Activities

    EarthViewer was designed as an interactive learning tool. Download the PDF linked in the right hand column for some ideas on how to use the app in your class, or click on the EarthViewer link to find out more about the app.

  • Following the Trail of Evidence

    Following the Trail of Evidence

    Activities

    A worksheet in which students write down the evidence that led to the discovery that an asteroid struck Earth about 66 million years ago, causing a mass extinction. Also available in Spanish.

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